reg cardWhen asked about ticket sellers, Mullana Gordon Buay Reath Said

“The South Sudan Referendum Act is very clear when it comes to issues like buying and selling of registration cards. It is a crime for a registered voter to sell a registration card that was intended for voting in the upcoming referendum. It is also a crime to buy a card from somebody with an intention to prevent  the registered voter from voting.

The Jelaba who bought the card has an intention to fail the referendum because if so many people sell their cards, then, it would affect 60% turnout requirement stated in the South Sudan Referendum Act. That action is illigal and deserves full punishment.

Second, the person who sold the card has commited a crime because the card was not intended for selling but for exercising a right legally guaranteed. Both the seller and the buyer will be punished as stipulated in the referendum act. The punishment may range from seven to one year imprisonment depending on the decision of the court.

What is not yet clear to me is whether the referendum commission will force the person who attempted to sell the card to vote in January because if he doesn\'t vote, it would also affect 60% turnout vote. Or the South Sudan Referendum Commission should completely disqualify the guy and erase his name from voter registration book so that he will neither vote nor affect the 60% turnout requirement. It is stated in the act that if a registered voter fails to vote for whatever reason, that would affect 60% turnout vote.

But in a case of selling a registration card, the commission has to adopt a legal interpretation which would be reasonable by taking into account the rationale behind the 60% turnout requirement. In my opinion, what the commission should do, in addition to prosecution of the accused person who attempted to sell the card, is to cancel the name of that person from registration list so that when he fails to turn up in January because he is a condemned criminal, then, it wouldn't affect the 60% percent turn out vote.

The 60% turnout requirement was intended for people who have no intention to fail the process deliberately. In a case like this in which the registered voter has an evil intention, the commission should rely on rejection provision on the basis that the person is disqualified because of criminal intent. The act already stated that a person who is not sound in mind cannot register and vote. The commisson should also use analogous grounds analysis to conclude that the name of any person who attempts to sell a card will be removed from registration book of the upcoming referendum simply because the person in question has an evil intention which is contrary to the referendum act.

If people like that are not removed from registration book so that it would not affect 60% turnout vote, then, the idea of safeguarding the process is meaningless because somebody can register intentionally and sell a card afterwards despite legal consequences. In that case, the criminal is allowed to achieve his objective of failing the referendum if his name is not removed from the list of registration book so that it would not affect 60% turnout.

Therefore, the South Sudan referendum commission should automatically cancel the name of any person who attempts to sell the card from registration book. Since it is true that a person who is not sound in mind cannot be allowed to register and vote,it is also true that somebody who committed a crime by selling the card should be completely removed from registration book so that it doesn't affect 60% turnout vote. The requirement of 60% turnout of registered voters was predicated upon failure to vote for reasons other than deliberate evil action to deny the people of South Sudan the result of their choices. The people who legitimately register to vote in the upcoming referendum will feel cheated by those with evil intentions who register in order to sell the cards to fail the referendum. In that case, the referendum commission should automatically cancel the names of those convicted of crimes of selling cards from registration book because their failure to vote is based on evil intentions. Only the failure of legitimate registered voters who fail to show up for reasons other than deliberate evil intention to vote to fail the referendum should count to 60% turnout vote.”


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  • Dear, Yohannes Kong Tut and others,
    You are right; in your argument in regards to these evil intentions of our registered members or citizens of south Sudan wherever they may be.
    In agreement with you, I would even go further than that,
    Firstly I would look at examining and scrutinize the mental health, the background of the offender and his ethnic trace confirmation and his/her age, where they were born, brought up and make sure that they are southerners if many, do they know their mother tongue in south knowing that all southerners know their languages even if they don’t speak it on daily basis.
    Secondly I would scan their economic situation and the motives of their actions.
    Having known that I should consider it and go on parallel to the tools the enemy is using against referendum to fail the free will of simple southerners, because they already said it openly on the International TVs such as Abu Dhabi and Al Jezeera that they will do the possible means they can including the use money.
    Now let us be mindful that media is not accessible by all our people to get enough information or be precautious towards such behaviours from the Jelaba.
    Let’s assume that the offenders had an evil intention but by the same token I would also ask this question, who are the real victims of our shortage of information, active speed of the Jelaba reach out with handful of money, and would it not be a type of these ones?
    As a taskforce member myself in Australia I may not guarantee that some few would go the way I expect, there are always victims who victimise their cause and the cause of Nation and they are aware of it.
    But the good News is, that little tiny bit of bead is running very late behind the speedboat of southerners.
    Back to the punishment, the act does not help in this regard, but the final question is what if someone registered died naturally before the voting date and has been reported to commission?
    In my opinion the reported death and reported breach of act are in a clear notion and the commission should do something about it not affect the 60% outcome.
    Long live the Nation of south Sudan,
    Long live the martyrs whose precious blood sealed the freedom.
    Long live our government.

    God Bless the New dawn of New Country.
    Paul Jwokdoch Kwajakwan
    SSTV Executive Member, Victoria- Australia

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  • Guest - Paul Apok

    Hello Yahannes if the selling of the Cards happened this is not accepted, will not be accepted, and can not be accepted at all, this evil doers, let them go to hell. South Sudan is going away by any means.
    Please, Country sellers never try to selll South Sudan.
    South Sudan South Sudan South Sudan.

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